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Directions: Take Pecos Bill, Paul Bunyan, Gilgamesh, Flash Gordon and Xena and throw them into a city-sized blender. Toss in a few Swiss Army knives and those guns from old 1930s westerns that never seem to run out of bullets. Add the attitude of the WWF and a couple of fat teardrop-shaped space ships straight out of Amazing magazine. Sprinkle liberally with the humor of Robert Asprin and Douglas Adams. Throw in every campfire story you've ever heard, and add a pinch of outrageousness. Shake vigorously, and pour out into the dirty glasses of The Outpost, a kind of truck stop at the end of the line of the universe.
Characters like Catastrophe Baker, Hellfire Van Winkle and Silicon Carney extol their exploits in tales titled "The Ship Who Purred," "The 73-Hour Rasslin' Match" and "The Girl with the Hungry Eyes." The stories are told in an "oh yeah, well I can beat that" manner where "every last one of 'em's true...'cept for them that ain't."
Warning: Keep the little ones away, though, from yarns like "Johnny Testosterone and the Temple Virgin" and "The Romantic Legend of Velvet and Leather O'Toole." This collection is definitely not for the kids.
Mike Resnick has applied his tongue quite firmly inside his cheek while merging his skills as writer and editor in a quick read about the saviors of the universe kicking back, knocking 'em down, and letting it all hang out. In addition, they take a break from airbrushing their self-portraits to foil a galactic invasion, which merely serves as further raw material for their exponential egos.
If books are food for the soul and the great novels are glorious feasts, then Mike Resnick's The Outpost is the Jelly Belly treats your mother warned would ruin your appetite, but you just couldn't resist. (Brad Bosley)